Louisiana Moves to Curb Governor’s Emergency Powers
The Republican-led Louisiana Legislature voted Monday to curb the emergency powers of the state’s governor, citing a desire to give more people a voice in how emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic are managed. Essentially, lawmakers could pick and choose whether restrictions such as mask mandates or restaurant closures would continue.
From the Associated Press
Southwest Airlines is about to sell every seat on board its flights.
The news that the airline will no longer keep middle seats open comes on the heels of Southwest announcing record financial losses because of the pandemic.
In a Thursday earnings report, Southwest announced it will no longer limit capacity on flights starting December 1. The change marks an end to Southwest's pandemic policy and allows it the opportunity to fill planes through the typically busy holiday travel season.
"This practice of effectively keeping middle seats open bridged us from the early days of the pandemic, when we had little knowledge about the behavior of the virus, to now," Southwest said. "Today, aligned with science-based findings from trusted medical and aviation organizations, we will resume selling all available seats for travel beginning December 1, 2020."
Grassley, BioFuels Groups Pan Legislation Aimed at Eliminating Combustion Engines
Two Iowa biofuel groups and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) spoke out against legislation introduced this week that aims to eliminate sales of internal combustion engine vehicles that can be fueled with biofuels.
On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced the Zero-Emissions Vehicles Act of 2020, which aims to end U.S. sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035 and boost the market for battery electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
“It is concerning to see legislation from progressive members of Congress that would eliminate internal combustion vehicles like the vast majority of us drive,” said Grassley. “In other words, we will all have to buy electric cars. This is supposed to help the environment, but remember, most electrical generation is from fossil fuels. There are more practical solutions available.”